PG&E broke ground last week on a project in Foster City that will replace aging plastic gas pipes, according to city officials.
Approximately 15,000 feet of pipeline are expected to be replaced by 2014. The project’s first phase began in the neighborhood surrounding Edgewater Park and will replace 6,000 feet of distribution lines constructed from DuPont’s Aldyl-A plastic. In total, Foster City has about 17 miles of this kind of pipeline. Read More
Like every court system in California, San Mateo County felt the pinch of budget cuts this year, and it’s enough to rattle administrators. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed cuts that would leave the court with a crippling $4.5 million deficit. Read More
The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.The penalty would be the largest ever assessed by a state regulator, officials said. Read More
The California Public Utilities Commission has cancelled a gas safety symposium after San Bruno officials criticized plans for commissioners to appear alongside Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials.
The commission is negotiating penalties for the deadly PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno. Read More
The City’s nascent plan to offer San Francisco electricity customers an alternative power option — and to charge a rate that’s competitive with PG&E while providing enough energy that’s truly green — is still looking for its “sweet spot.” Read More
San Francisco has an opportunity to lessen its use of energy from fossil fuels and thus reduce its carbon footprint by adding new renewable energy to the electric grid. But to do this, city officials need to properly plan and execute a yet-to-be-started program whose prospects appear to be dimming. Read More
PG&E signaled Thursday that the highest rates for its forthcoming Green Option may be about 25 percent cheaper than the maximum rates for The City’s own CleanPowerSF renewable energy plan.
With both providers hoping to debut clean power within 12 months, PG&E’s plans revolve around constructing local or in-state renewable facilities in the foreseeable future. While CleanPowerSF boasts a similar goal, no plan to achieve it has been devised. Read More
A new survey shows which San Francisco neighborhoods are willing to pay more to power their lights, computers and other electrical devices with 100 percent renewable energy.
Those living in the Potrero Hill, Noe Valley, Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods are most willing to remain customers of CleanPowerSF after its pending rollout, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which would administer the program. Read More
PG&E announced a five-year plan that will nearly double previous investments in its utility network in The City. The $1.2 billion is slated to go toward safety enhancements and making sure the system can handle expected growth here.
Tony Earley, the utility’s president and CEO, and Mayor Ed Lee announced the improvements to the electrical and natural-gas systems during a Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday. Read More
A Peninsula state senator has introduced legislation that would require the California Public Utilities Commission to separate its judicial and prosecutorial functions in the wake of its handling of the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. Read More